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Conceived Without Sin Paddle8 Auction

September 18-October 23, 2015

Conceived Without Sin is an exhibition and silent auction curated by Culturadora to benefit Radiator Arts. Radiator Arts (Radical Mediator for the Arts) provides local and international emerging and mid-career curators and artist-curators an excellent opportunity to work and learn about the operations of a multi-disciplinary organization. Radiator will regularly present contemporary art exhibitions, performances and video programs.

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Curator: Culturadora

Artists: Rachel Libeskind, Daniel Greenfield-Campoverde, Nick Fusaro, Romina Hendlin, Mei Xian Qiu, Tracey Snelling, Diego Zaks, Ariela Kader, Eric Corriel, Aranzazu Araujo

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“The most outrageous lies that can be invented will find believers if a person only tells them with all his might.” Mark Twain.

Conceived Without Sin is an exhibition that proposes a new religion that reframes the longstanding ideology of Judeo-Christian thought. Participating artists have transformed the space into a modern day sanctuary, governed by the laws of communication and open thought, challenging archaic binary notions of good and evil. Conceived Without Sin presents how religion could look like from the perspective of a generation that has inherited the lessons of the most important social and political revolutions in history.

Growing up with the ubiquity of the Internet meant that at a young age we were granted immediate access to scientific data and different currents of thought, often with little oversight. Access to information encouraged challenging seminal religious stories like Virgin Mary’s mysterious pregnancy and aroused questions such as: Why does female sexuality have to be condemned? And, why must homosexuality be categorized as deviant behavior?

This proposal challenges the myths that religion has perpetuated regarding sexuality at large, but specifically homosexuality and bisexuality. The widespread political reform regarding same-sex marriage in North America has propelled some of these artists to question the ideology of the Judeo-Christianity model. According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, Millennials have the highest acceptance for same-sex marriage than any other generation. At 70 percent approval rating, this generation’s acceptance of sexual independence has led to greater social tolerance and is closing the gap of gender disparity. With such acceptance, religions are losing their power as the sole compass of morality and virtue.

The limited representation of race in religious imagery is another challenge we propose to address in the context of this exhibition. Historically, groups looking to strengthen their powers and suppress individual thought often devised artistic depictions of religious myths that favored their own agendas. Those without power were left out of the visual narratives that have served as the aesthetic norm for centuries.

Conceived Without Sin proposes a new religion where diversity is heralded, sexuality is respected, and debate is not only fostered but encouraged.

About Culturadora: Culturadora’s mission is to activate the next generation of art lovers and collectors by showcasing international artists through special projects and exhibitions.

Featured Image: Rachel Libeskind, Family Void, 2011, toothpaste and mixed media on scanner bed, dimensions variable

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CHANCE ECOLOGIES – Public Discussion

Sunday, August 23rd, 8:00 PMRadiator Gallery

Join us for a public discussion with the curators and artists of Chance Ecologies, a public art project currently taking place in Long Island City, Queens. This event will be a roundtable conversation about Hunter’s Point South, a historic post-industrial site on the East River which has been left to become a wilderness over the past 30 years, and which will soon become a residential development. A group of artists is currently creating new artworks focused on this unique site, and will discuss some of their initial findings with the community at Radiator Gallery on Sunday, Aug. 23rd at 8pm, over drinks and light refreshments. 

This Sunday is the third in a month-long series of events for Chance Ecologies – Exploring the Wild Landscape of Hunter’s Point South, a public art project is bringing together a coalition of artists and thinkers to creatively explore and document a large plot of publicly-owned land in Long Island City, Queens. Over the last 35 years, an unplanned ecology has taken root in this fenced-off post-industrial landscape, which will soon be razed to make way for a new residential development. During the month of August, we are organizing a series of events celebrating this wild site, leading up to a winter exhibit at Radiator Gallery.

This Sunday will feature a performative walk with artists Chris Kennedy and Ellie Irons at 5pm, an unguided tour with author Daniel Campo at 6pm, and a public discussion with the curators and artists of Chance Ecologies, hosted by Radiator Gallery, at 8pm.

SUNDAY, Aug 23rd
5 – 6pm:
Endangered Surfaces Walk: A movement-research investigation with Ellie Irons and Chris Kennedy
Join us for a guided walk through the re-wilded landscape of Hunter’s Point. We’ll follow desire paths that flow through the site, exploring the overlaps, edges and frictions between the man-made and long re-wilded. Along the way we’ll identify wild urban plants, take rubbings, and engage in movement-research to create an archive of endangered surfaces found amongst the ruderal terrains soon to be developed.Meeting Point: East River Ferry terminal in Long Island City / Hunter’s Point Park

6 – 7:30pm: 
Accidental, temporary and wild: An unguided tour of the Hunters Point waterfront by Daniel Campo
Through this (mostly) unguided tour, explore one of New York’s last accidental waterfront wild spaces before it is swallowed by the voracious development practices that have transformed Queens’s East River edge and the waterfront of the greater city. Through intimate and unmediated immersion into this unique postindustrial site, the tour will draw upon all of your senses in exploration of thoroughly contradictory conditions and contexts. At the fulcrum of land and water, nature and city, abandonment and reclamation, history and possibility; this experience will incite a similarly contradictory range of emotions. The tour will culminate with an open discussion led by urbanist, critic and professor, Daniel Campo (author of The Accidental Playground).
This tour is limited to 20 people, please RSVP via this link to sign up!

For a sneak peek, check out this photo essay and interview with Daniel Campo, by Nathan Kensinger for Curbed.
Meeting Point: East River Ferry terminal in Long Island City / Hunter’s Point Park

Chance Ecologies is presented by Amplifier Inc. and Radiator Gallery.
 
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Chance Ecologies

Performance by Laura Ortman and Raven Chacon

Fri, May 15, 6:00-9:00 PM
Performance begins at 6:30 PM

Musician Laura Ortman (The Dust Dive, Stars Like Fleas) and Raven Chacon (Postcommodity, Mesa Ritual) will join together for a collaboration set at Radiator Gallery on Friday May 15th. The event is in conjunction with the exhibition YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND on view at Radiator through May 22.

Ortman’s songs utilize violin, electric guitar, Apache violin, piano, megaphone, samplers, electric keyboards, pedal steel guitar and musical saw with Chacon accompanying on his custom electronic instruments.

YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND

Artists: Edgar Heap of Birds, Nicholas Galanin, Postcommodity, Marcus Amerman.
Curated by Erin Joyce Projects

The art of Native Americans and First Nations peoples is often marginalized and thought of in stereotypical forms of representation. Oil paintings of Chiefs in war bonnets, pottery, beaded regalia and woven rugs; and while these are accurate representations of a portion of the Indigenous North American art community, it is not by any means the whole picture.
The Indigenous North American art world is one that is rich with artists creating controversial, provocative, and diverse works in a myriad of mediums. With that, Erin Joyce Projects and Radiator Gallery are pleased to announce their latest exhibition, You Are On Indian Land, featuring the work of leading contemporary American Indian and First Nation artists from across the North American continent including Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne), Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) and artist collective Postcommodity – comprised of Raven Chacon (Navajo), Kade L. Twist (Cherokee Nation), Cristóbal Martínez (Chicano), and Nathan Young (Pawnee, Kiowa, Delaware).

These artists all actively engage the notion of pop-culture, contested landscapes, misappropriation, and cultural imprisonment in their work. Utilizing pastiche, they create imbricated works that will stand-alone, but also enter into dialogue with one another in the gallery space. Pieces in the exhibition include assemblage sculpture, multi-channel video work, monoprints, and installation pieces. The exhibition, curated by Erin Joyce Projects, will be a three-venue installation, premiering at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, New York April 17th, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico featuring the work of First Nations artist Dana Claxton April 23rd, and completing its run at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona featuring work by Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Postcommodity, Cheyenne Randall (Lakota), Steven Yazzie (Navajo), and Michael Namingha (Hopi-Tewa).

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YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND: DEAD INDIAN STORIES

Edgar Heap of Birds in conversation with Sara Reisman.

Friday, May 1, 6:00-8:00 PM
Discussion will begin promptly at 6:30
RSVP only – space is limited! Please RSVP to: daniela@radiatorarts.com

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Join us on May 1st for a conversation with contemporary Cheyenne artist Edgar Heap of Birds and curator Sara Reisman. The speakers will focus on the ongoing mono print project Dead Indian Stories by Edgar Heap of Birds, presented at Radiator Gallery as part of the exhibition You Are On Indian Land. Curated by Erin Joyce, the exhibition offers critical perspective on the representation of the art of Native Americans and First Nation peoples. It features the work of leading contemporary artists including Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne), Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) and artist collective Postcommodity – comprised of Raven Chacon (Navajo), Kade L. Twist (Cherokee Nation), Cristóbal Martínez (Chicano), and Nathan Young (Pawnee, Kiowa, Delaware).

This exhibition, which takes place in three venues, is curated by Erin Joyce Projects and premiered at Radiator Gallery April 17. The second iteration will open at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art April 23, 2015, and the final at the Museum of Northern Arizona November 20, 2015.

On view at Radiator Gallery from April 17 to May 22.
Learn more about here: http://www.radiatorarts.com/you-are-on-indian-land

About Edgar Heap of Birds:
Heap of Birds received his Master of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1979), his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (1976) and has undertaken graduate studies at The Royal College of Art, London, England. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts (2008). The artist has exhibited his works at The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York, New York, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia, Documenta, Kassel, Germany, Orchard Gallery, Derry, Northern Ireland, University Art Museum, Berkeley, California, Association for Visual Arts Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, Lewallen Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hong Kong Art Center, China, Bandung Institute of Technology, Bandung, Indonesia, Grand Palais, Paris, France and the Venice Biennale, Italy.

Heap of Birds has served as visiting lecturer in London, England, Western Samoa, Chiang Mai and Bangkok, Thailand, Johannesburg, South Africa, Barcelona, Spain, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Norrkoping, Sweden, Hararre, Zimbabwe, Verona, Italy, Adelaide, Australia and India. Heap of Birds has taught as Visiting Professor at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island and Michaelis School of Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa. At the University of Oklahoma since 1988, Professor Heap of Birds teaches in Native American Studies. His seminars explore issues of the contemporary artist on local, national and international levels.

Heap of Birds has received grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Lila Wallace Foundation, Bonfil Stanton Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trust and the Andy Warhol Foundation. In June 2005, Heap of Birds completed the fifty-foot signature, outdoor sculpture titled Wheel. The circular porcelain enamel on steel work was commissioned by The Denver Art Museum and is inspired by the traditional Medicine Wheel of the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.

Heap of Birds’ artwork was chosen by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian as their entry towards the competition for the United States Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He represented the Smithsonian with a major collateral public art project and blown glass works in Venice, June 2007 titled: “Most Serene Republics”. In 2012, Heap of Birds was one of fifty artists honored by United States Artists with an individual fellowship award of $50,000 and named USA Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts category.

About Sara Reisman:
Sara Reisman is the Artistic Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation which promotes access to arts and culture in New York City through grant making, public programs, and exhibitions. As an independent curator Reisman’s projects have focused on a variety of themes including the politics of public space, globalization and site-specific practice, social practice, collaboration, sustainability, and cultural identity and transformation. Additionally, Reisman has curated numerous solo exhibitions, most recently Christopher K. Ho: Privileged White People (2013), Claudia Joskowicz: Sympathy for the Devil (2012), and Leslie Johnson: Days to Go (2012) (all for Forever & Today, Inc., where she was the 2012-2013 guest curator), and Peter Rostovsky: Still (2011) at the Hillwood Art Museum. From 2008 to 2014 Sara Reisman was the Director of New York City’s Percent for Art program that commissions permanent public artworks for newly constructed and renovated city-owned spaces, indoors and out. Recently commissioned artists include Mary Mattingly, Duke Riley, Odili Donald Odita, Julianne Swartz, Kanishka Raja, and Karyn Olivier, among many others. Reisman was the 2011 critic-in-residence at Art Omi, an
international visual artist residency in upstate New York.

About the Rubin Foundation:
THE SHELLEY & DONALD RUBIN FOUNDATION believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and an aid to greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as making cultural resources available to organizations and areas of New York City in need. Areas of funding include arts education, artistic activism, public art, and community-based artistic programming.

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YOU ARE ON INDIAN LAND

Extended through June 14, 2015
Opening: Friday, April 17, 2015, 6pm – 9pm
Artists: Edgar Heap of Birds, Nicholas Galanin, Postcommodity, Marcus Amerman
Curated by Erin Joyce Projects

The art of Native Americans and First Nations peoples is often marginalized and thought of in stereotypical forms of representation. Oil paintings of Chiefs in war bonnets, pottery, beaded regalia and woven rugs; and while these are accurate representations of a portion of the Indigenous North American art community, it is not by any means the whole picture.

The Indigenous North American art world is one that is rich with artists creating controversial, provocative, and diverse works in a myriad of mediums. With that, Erin Joyce Projects and Radiator Gallery are pleased to announce their latest exhibition, You Are On Indian Land, featuring the work of leading contemporary American Indian and First Nation artists from across the North American continent including Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne), Marcus Amerman (Choctaw) and artist collective Postcommodity – comprised of Raven Chacon (Navajo), Kade L. Twist (Cherokee Nation), Cristóbal Martínez (Chicano), and Nathan Young (Pawnee, Kiowa, Delaware). These artists all actively engage the notion of pop-culture, contested landscapes, misappropriation, and cultural imprisonment in their work. Utilizing pastiche, they create imbricated works that will stand-alone, but also enter into dialogue with one another in the gallery space. Pieces in the exhibition include assemblage sculpture, multi-channel video work, monoprints, and installation pieces. The exhibition, curated by Erin Joyce Projects, will be a three-venue installation, premiering at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, New York April 17th, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico featuring the work of First Nations artist Dana Claxton April 23rd, and completing its run at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona featuring work by Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Aleut), Postcommodity, Cheyenne Randall (Lakota), Steven Yazzie (Navajo), and Michael Namingha (Hopi-Tewa).

About Erin Joyce Projects: Erin Joyce is an independent curator, art critic, and scholar of contemporary art. Erin is a contributing writer to Hyperallergic, art critic for Canvas Magazine, and has held editorial positions at GOOD Magazine, ULTRA: EXTRA, and Aslan Media. In addition, her writing has been featured in Salon, SHFT, NPR Art & Seek, and the Modern Art Iraq Archive. As a curator, Erin seeks to bend the notion of how contemporary art is presented and understood. Looking both inside and outside the construct of the museum and gallery as venue for art presentation, Erin seeks to refract art through the prism of the environment and contexts in which it was created.

Radiator Gallery 10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, Long Island City, NY 11106, 347-677-3418
info@radiatorarts.com, www.radiatorarts.com

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Special Event: Ensign Sgr A* Live Part 2

Ensign Sgr A* Live Part 2 with Elaine Tin Nyo, LoVid, MTAA, and special guests 

Saturday, March 28, 2015, Radiator Gallery, 10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, New York 11106

4:00 pm MTAA – Live Dramatic Reading
(Disconnection of HAL 9000’s Higher Functions) v5.
4:30 pm Elaine Tin Nyo - I Will Eat Half Your Donut
5:00 pm Special guest Prof. Luther Meme on the subject of very large numbers.
5:30 pm LoVid – Finite but Insurmountable

In the second of a series of live events as part of the Ensign Sgr A* exhibition at Radiator Gallery, the artist Elaine Tin Nyo, LoVid and MTAA present three time based artworks.

Elaine Tin Nyo is a conceptual artist with a kitchen and a studio in Harlem. She has produced work at the Museum of Modern Art, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, Bronx Museum, The Swiss Institute, and Brooklyn Museum in New York among others. For the past two years, she hasposted a photo of every donut she’s eaten to her Instagram feed.

A Very Very Cold Martini with Elaine Tin Nyo, 2014 
https://vimeo.com/81952624

LoVid’s collaboration began with audiovisual performances and has expanded to include a wide range of media, from prints to App-Art. LoVid’s performances were presented at Museum of the Moving Image (NY), Graham Foundation (Chicago), Eyebeam (NY), MoMA (NY), FACT (UK), PS1 (NY) and The Kitchen (NY), among many others.

LoVid – Long Live, 2012
https://vimeo.com/31228834

MTAA have presented work at The New Museum, MoMA PS1, The Whitney Museum, and Artists Space, in New York City. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA; and SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA and the National Museum, Warsaw, Poland and more.

MTAA – Maybe Manifesto, 2014
https://vimeo.com/83993017

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Ensign Sgr A*

Ensign Sgr A*

March 6 – April 10

Artists: Amelia Bauer, Joianne Bittle, Aviram Cohen, G.H. Hovagimyan, Nicholas Knight, Esperanza Mayobre, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MTAA, Shannon Sberna, Raphaele Shirely, Janice Sloane, Colleen Rae Smiley, with exhibition graphic by Charles Orr and OTO.

Curated by Over The Opening (OTO)

Every 365.25 days, the Earth revolves once around a star we call the Sun. Approximately every 225 million years, the Sun revolves around Sgr A* (pronounced “Sagittarius A-star”) which presides at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. It is now theorized that Sgr A* is not actually a star but a supermassive black hole that is currently eating planets, stars, light and even smaller black holes. Of course, the thought of an unseeable thing / dimensional portal actively swallowing our galaxy is keeping me awake some nights.

Meanwhile back in Long Island City, Radiator Arts and Over The Opening (OTO) are pleased to present Ensign Sgr A* featuring artist using negation and absence as ensigns or banners for states of exploration and loss. The exhibition operates as part wunderkammer and part memory hole with past prime astronomy, geography, technology, and superstition as the backdrop. Battles will be fought and journeys begun but broken and disappeared, in the long view of time, approach.

Amelia Bauer stages alien nocturnes in the Western landscape. Joianne Bittle shows space age couture and found prehistoric displays. Aviram Cohen sets contact mics to trace invisible pathways. G.H. Hovagimyan forms ARs for floating zombie teen avatars. Nicholas Knight renders codes. Esperanza Mayobre maps points with no return. Jennifer and Kevin McCoy scan future ruins.  MTAA prepares to disappear. Shannon Sberna sees hypnosis and future luck. Raphaele Shirley enlightens worlds and historic technologies. Janice Sloane performs and documents dark acts. Colleen Rae Smiley sews signals and Charles Orr with OTO design a graphic to inform and educate.

About OTO (Over The Opening)  From the fall of 2007 until the winter of 2009, the artist collaboration MTAA  invited artists and art collectives to present one-night exhibitions of time based art in their North 6th Street Brooklyn studio. This ongoing monthly event curated under the name Over The Opening (OTO) operated as a blurring of studio space, exhibition venue and social experiment. The artists who worked with OTO represented a diverse array of practices. Works ranged from a tamale making workshop, to endurance karaoke to experimental computer games. Over the years, OTO presented 26 exhibitions of expansive scope with modest means. Ensign Srg A* at Radiator Arts marks the first OTO exhibition in a gallery setting.

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Reading (cake, dolls, gift bags, and other things)

February 8, Sunday2pm-4pm

Please join us this Sunday for an afternoon of readings that relate to the show cake, dolls, gift bags, and other things, currently on view at Radiator Gallery.

This event will host five award-winning and published poets and writers. Afterwards there will be time to see the exhibition. Prosecco and strawberries will be served.

We look forward to seeing you!

Hossannah Asuncion was raised near the 105 and 710 freeways in L.A. She currently lives near an A/C stop in Brooklyn.

Christian Hawkey has written two full-length poetry collections, four chapbooks, and the cross-genre book Ventrakl (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). A new book, Sonne from Ort, a bi-lingual collaborative erasure made with the German poet Uljana Wolf, has just been published (kookbooks Verlag, Berlin, 2013).

Born in London, Hari Kunzru is the author of the novels The Impressionist (2002), Transmission (2004), My Revolutions (2007) and Gods Without Men (2011) as well as a short story collection, Noise (2006) and a novella, Memory Palace (2013). In 2003 Granta named him one of its twenty best young British novelists. His short stories and essays have appeared in diverse publications including The New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, London Review of Books, Granta, Book Forum and Frieze. He was a 2008 Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library and is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow. He lives in New York City.

Ann Neumann has written for The New York Times, Bookforum, The Baffler, New York Law Review, The Nation, Guernica, and others. Her monthly column, “The Patient Body,” about issues at the intersection of religion and medicine, appears at The Revealer, a publication of the Center for Religion and Media at New York University, where she is a visiting scholar. Neumann’s first book, The Good Death: An Exploration of Dying in America, will be published by Beacon Press in January, 2016.

Uljana Wolf is a German poet and translator based in Brooklyn and Berlin. She published four books of poetry with kook- books (Berlin), most recently meine schönste lengevitch and SONNE FROM ORT, a collaborative erasure of Elizabeth Bar- rett-Browning’s sonnets with Christian Hawkey. Wolf translated numerous poets into German, among them John Ashbery, Charles Olson, Matthea Harvey, Christian Hawkey, Erín Moure, and Cole Swensen. A new English translation (by Sophie Seita) of her work is forthcoming with Wonder Press, Brooklyn, in Spring 2015. She teaches poetry and translation at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, the Institut für Sprachkunst in Vienna, and Humboldt University in Berlin.

Radiator Gallery
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You Will Never Walk ALone Again

November 16 – December 16

Artists: Adan Vallecillo, Noha Klersfeld, Kristine Servia, Javier Bosques, Klimentina Jauleska, Victor Sosa, Tamas Veszi, Karlo Andrei Ibara
Curator: Carlos Rodríguez

“Upon those who step into the same river, different and again different waters flow.” Heraclitus BC 475This quote, which is the basis for the current show at Radiator gallery, suggests that all things are ever changing, transforming and never stagnant in the state of actuality. Everything in the natural world contains opposition, and in that struggling coexistence movement appears. The concept of constant movement through opposite forces enlightened the path of knowledge of the ancient Greeks to understand the world in its nature. It was later applied in modern philosophy to examine class struggle and contradictions in society.The transition of one quantity into another, and the notion of a phenomenon that existed but remained unnoticed because it appeared as waste or as too brief a moment in life, define the aesthetic in this exhibit. Through the use of everyday objects, recycled materials, video recording and collage, the artists find a common denominator in the production of art concerned with mutability as a natural phenomena. Working from Honduras, New York and Puerto Rico they operate as nomads of circumstance, strolling through their immediate environment as gatherers of raw material. By exploring the circularity of time and the eternal return they engage in the re-enactment of socially constructed myths through ritualistic actions and mundane objects. Their work resembles the search for a true reality, which is hidden in its gradual succession toward appearance. Perhaps the purpose of this process is to suggest a new path, a walkable line between the struggle of opposites, sustainable, as it is cyclic and contemplative as an art form.In the video installation LSC Noah Klersfeld depicts a chain-link fence that has undergone a temporal reconfiguration, weaving together the activities taking place at a busy traffic intersection during the morning commute in New York City. In his works he acts upon the architectural patterns that bear passive witness to daily ritualistic behavior.The idea of distortion between materiality and Illusion is a key aspect in Klimentina Jauleska’s work. In the piece Never Getting There she uses a TV screen to create an optical effect of a pair of shoes placed behind it. The viewers can move around the piece, experiencing a fully transformational environment always animated by their walk.Kristine Servia created a series of drawings, Reciprocal Lines, as she talked back and forth with a curator in Puerto Rico from her studio in Chicago. Kristine was giving him instructions in order to produce a piece for particular show. The drawings are an intricate recording of the dynamic among curator/re-creator, artists and visitors to the space during the opening.In the two-channel video White Balance Tamas Veszi combines the circular motion of a bubble machine with a moving bicycle. The hypnotic sound of the bicycle and the short loop of the video refer to the calibration of both the physical and psychological state of engaging with the city and its challenges.Adan Vallecillo’s work Topography XV depicts an elastic map of the city of Tegucigalpa in Honduras, employing overly-used inner tubes of car tires. Adan is interested in registering time and vulnerability through the wear and tear of the material by examining the spatial relationship in maps of immeasurable cities and languages.I’m feeling Lucky is a piece made of five digital prints based on Google Search screen shots of Puerto Rico. Through the formulation of basic questions Karlo Andrei Ibarra investigates the way we function, according to the quick responses of a machine.Victor Sosa shows a series of collage drawings on shipping envelopes, and newspaper cutouts depicting protests around the world. The fragmentary quality of his work, similarly to Klersfeld’s LSC, refers to temporal reconfigurations in the urban landscape.In two short videos – Plastic Bag, shot in the lower east side of Manhattan, and Iris, recorded in his native town of Rio Grande Puerto Rico – Javier Bosques proposes simple gestures that, through repetition, invite the viewer to contemplate the phenomenological narratives of urban and rural landscapes.Curator Carlos Rodriguez is an artist and musician currently working in Brooklyn, New York. In 2003 he was awarded the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Residency. Carlos has a combined BFA from the School of Fine Arts of Puerto Rico and The School of the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. He also earned an MFA from Brooklyn College in New York. This is his second curatorial project.

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Common Frequency

Oct 5 – Oct 28, 2012

Opening Reception: Oct 5, 6pm

Artists: Jennifer & Kevin McCoy, Boryana Rossa & Oleg Mavromatti, Eve & Adam Bailey, Yana Dimitrova & Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria
Curator: Daniela Kostova

Common Frequencies is a showcase of four artist couples. It is focused on each pair’s creative practice, in a daily reality where art and life are often inseparable, as an example of a micro-system and of a complex set of negotiations.

The exhibition represents a landscape of synched voices and their evolution in-to common artistic languages. It consists of works across the mediums that are the outcome of both collaborative and parallel strategies. Thus it raises questions about authorship, the power dynamics of a shared space, personal boundaries, gender roles and cross-cultural challenges. If in some cases individual voices are highlighted, in others two become one and, taken further, even “another” one.
Piñata Portrait by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy welcomes the visitors
with a potential promise of both destruction and reward. Exemplifying the
tendency of the McCoys to include autobiographical references in their projects,
here the piñata becomes an image-cliché of the battling married couple and the fragility of the collaborative model.

Boryana Rossa and Oleg Mavromatti show a large-scale mural incorporating photography, text and video. Developed over years of collaboration their work presents a critical examination of gender stereotypes. Vitruvian Body is a female embodiment of the “ideal proportions” of the human body as defined by the Roman architect Vitruvi, while Before and After is a performative expression of the ultimate bond, where two bodies become one but in imperfect balance.

Concepts of balance and coordination are intricate parts of Eve Bailey’s work. Shoulder Path occupies the center of the exhibition space, raised on a platform evoking desire. In this piece, and in the video Work Force, the artist uses her body as a primary tool and experiments with equilibrium through physical, mechanical and conceptual means. Skin of Our Teeth, a collaborative photograph by Adam and Eve Bailey, shows the two artists wearing each other’s smiles, in a sequence resembling a photomaton.

Yana Dimitrova and Sebastien Sanz de Santamaria create a dialogue employing symbols and text. Yana’s project I Don’t Think That’s Funny taps into issues of cross-cultural communication while hinting at the underlying ideological implications. Eat Faster is a work of embroidery, which functions as an acknowledgement of time in connection to labor and notions of success. Sebastien’s text-based drawing series Natural Calls, shown parallel to Yana’s wall, is the outcome of a long process of observing each other in a domestic situation, which results in name-calling.

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